PRAISE: For an amazing & unifying event called Western Worships, where 1000 people gathered from various Christian groups and churches to hear the gospel, watch creative drama and worship our great God! For Angel & Gloria at Western who both have questions about Jesus and want to learn more. Please pray for their salvation! PRAY: For the follow-up of any non-Christians who attended Western Worships and that they would continuing journey with their Christian friends towards Christ; for wisdom and discernment for us and our current student leaders in challenging student leaders for next year on each of our campuses; for Western as we'd like our student leadership team to be more committed next year.
PRAISE: We are transitioning relatively smoothly to life in Singapore; for great engagement in a nearby country with persecuted missionaries; for good connection with local colleagues, Simon & Lillian. PRAY: For continued challenges with Heath and Gwenyth's food sensitivities and skin issues; to find the right local church to be a part of; for effectiveness in homeschooling our kids during the next season.
PRAISE: K was released Nov. 2017. He called today to thank us for the positive contributions into his life while in prison. His family is doing well and his business is running successfully. B is grateful for his salvation and speaking boldly for the Lord Jesus and inviting others to the chapel services and programs. Pray that he would rely daily on the Lord for strength to overcome temptations. PRAY: P has faced several significant set backs. Pray that he keeps his focus on the Lord and “runs with endurance the race that is set before him”. S lost his mother and is trying to connect with his sister following 6 yrs of estrangement. B,R,J have recently been released and have significant hurdles to overcome in order to successfully reconnect with their loved ones. Z, young and angry and sad. We had our first contact a week ago. Pray that he would find his answers in the gospel.
PRAISE/PRAY: We had an excellent day last week with 5 leaders of immigrant church networks. These men are serving God in a dedicated and admirable way! Each of them are facing enormous challenges. Please pray for them. They are from China, Congo, Burma, Iran and Eritrea/Ethiopia. They need so much wisdom every day to know how to handle the challenges that are coming their way.
PRAISE: January has been enjoyable - a good start to the new year. I'm motivated and enjoyed a planning time for the new year. I've had some extra time to catch up on some things I didn't have time for in the fall. Some of my global missions teammates traveled to conferences in Spain and Thailand to connect with international interns - our East Asia and Desert Rain interns are mostly doing well and have no major concerns. PRAY: We are currently processing all the summer mission trip applications. Pray for discernment and wisdom as we read students' applications and determine if they are qualified for our mission trips. Then pray for all the students who need to raise funds to go on these trips. This summer we are trying a few new mission trip experiences. Pray for the leaders who are leading this trips for the first time. Pray that I would continually grow closer to God in my life and leadership.